Senior Assessments

Senior Assessments Evaluate the Physical, Mental and Social Needs of Older Adults

The Center for Lifelong Health at University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals, is dedicated to today’s older adults – a population that can reasonably expect to remain active and independent longer than past generations.

One component of the center is the Senior Assessment Program, which is designed for patients 65 years of age or older who want to be proactive in maintaining their health as they age.

Senior Assessment Team

The Senior Assessment team, overseen by a board-certified geriatrician, provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation of the older adult.

Following the assessment, the team will develop a detailed report that includes both findings and recommendations for future care.

This report will be forwarded to the individual’s referring physician. A primary care physician referral is recommended, but self-referrals are also accepted.

Assessment Components

During a senior assessment, the multidisciplinary assessment team may:

  • Assess the ability to manage daily functional activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting, cooking, and driving
  • Assess memory problems and/or depression
  • Assess risk of falls
  • Review medications for interactions
  • Discuss advance directives and/or wishes for end-of-life care
  • Assess the need for community service referrals such as home-delivered meals, adult day programs, or senior centers
  • Provide counseling about living arrangement options: assisted living, nursing home, or home care
  • Recommend lab work and/or imaging studies when indicated
  • Refer patient to other specialties, such as neurology, psychiatry, and physical therapy

Depending on their medical history and reason for their visit, each patient’s assessment will be completely customized to fit their unique needs and circumstances.

Who Can Benefit From a Senior Assessment?

Adults 65 and older may benefit from an assessment if they, their caregiver or their physician have concerns about medications, fall risk, memory problems, future care planning, or general health and wellness. Call 440-735-4200 for more information or to schedule an assessment.

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